Environment, Development and Health

The environment, development and health cluster focuses on the ways that human societies are transforming the natural world, and the ways that biophysical changes, political environments, and social inequality together impact human health and well-being. Research in health geography is generally more focused in Canada, including both Indigenous and settler communities, and examines a range of topics including: environmental hazards, risk perceptions, inequalities, air pollution, processes of environmental dispossession, and relations between urban form and children’s health and quality of life. Environmental justice is a prominent theme in the development-oriented research in the cluster, both in Indigenous and settler communities in Canada, as well as in a range of international settings. This involves work on agriculture and food systems, energy systems and resource extraction, environmental repossession, Indigenous knowledge, and water management – all of which increasingly interrelate to climate change at some level.

Faculty members in the EDH cluster employ a range of methodologies and approaches, and have collaborative links with the physical geography, urban studies and Geographical Information Science clusters within the department. They also have active connections to researchers in other departments and faculties across the university and at other universities inside and outside of Canada, and several members work closely with government, private sector, communities and non-profit organizations.

Find Faculty Supervisors in this Area:

Godwin Arku

Godwin Arku

Associate Professor
Western Faculty Scholar
garku@uwo.ca

519-661-2111, x. 85343
Room 2427, SSC

Research Areas
Housing and economic development; Urban development and policy analysis; Regional and local economic development policy and planning; Third World development issues (esp. Africa)

Teaching
People, Places and Landscapes; Urban Development; Urban Economic Development; Urban Geography of the Developing World


Jamie Baxter

Jamie Baxter

Professor
Associate Dean Graduate Affairs (Social Science)
jamie.baxter@uwo.ca

519-661-2111, x. 81241
Room 1407, SSC

Research Areas
Social construction of risk, community responses to technological hazards, renewable energy policy, noxious facility siting, and methodology

Teaching
Environmental Hazards & Human Health; Qualitative Methods; Research Design, Environment, Economy and Society


Michael Buzzelli

Michael Buzzelli

Associate Professor
Western Teaching Fellow
mbuzzell@uwo.ca

519-661-2111, x. 85329
Room 2429, SSC

Research Areas
Higher education policy, research on teaching and learning, society-space relationships with a focus on housing, health and GIS

Teaching
Housing, The Geoweb & Geomedia, Research Design and Methodology


Jason Gilliland

Jason Gilliland

Professor
Director, Urban Development Program
Cross Appointed with School of Health Studies and the Department of Paediatrics
jgillila@uwo.ca

519-661-2111, x. 81239
Room 2432, SSC

Research Areas
Urban studies, health geography, children's environments, GIS

Teaching
Land Use and Development Issues; Graduate Seminar in Urban Geography; Advanced Urban Social Geography


Carol Hunsberger

Carol Hunsberger

Associate Professor
chunsber@uwo.ca

519-661-2111, x. 85020
Room 2409, SSC

Research Areas
Political ecology, energy justice, biofuels, pipeline politics, environmental governance

Teaching
Environment and Development Challenges; Energy and Power; Research Methods in Geography; Graduate Seminar in Development Geography


Diana Lewis

Diana Lewis

Assistant Professor
Cross Appointed with Indigenous Studies
diana.lewis@uwo.ca

519-661-2111, x. 85103
Room 3213, SSC

Research Areas
Indigenous environmental health, social/environmental justice, Indigenous methodology, quantitative methods, community-based research, risk/environmental assessment.

Teaching
Indigenous history, Indigenous methodology, risk/environmental assessment, social and structural determinants of health.


Isaac Luginaah

Isaac Luginaah

Professor
Sabbatical January 1 - June 30, 2021
iluginaa@uwo.ca

519-661-2111, x. 86944
Room 1409, SSC

Research Areas
Environment and health, air pollution, GIS and health, HIV/AIDS

Teaching
Geography of Health and Health Care; Environment and Health; Advanced Studies in Environment, Development & Health


Katrina Moser

Katrina Moser

Associate Professor
kmoser@uwo.ca

519-661-2111, x. 80115
Room 2407, SSC

Research Areas
Paleolimnology, climate change, paleoecology, quaternary environments, water quantity and quality, limnology

Teaching
Paleolimnology and Global Environmental Change; Paleolimnology (Graduate)


Chantelle Richmond

Chantelle Richmond

Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair, Indigenous Health and the Environment
Cross Appointed with Indigenous Studies
chantelle.richmond@uwo.ca

519-661-2111, x. 85324
Room 2433, SSC

Research Areas
Indigenous health, environmental change, Indigenous knowledge, environmental repossession, relational accountability, decolonization, structural determinants of health, community-based research, Indigenous methodologies, health training environments

Teaching
Indigenous Environments; Geography 4900-4901 (Undergraduate Thesis); Indigenous Health (Graduate); Qualitative Methods (Graduate)


Dan Shrubsole

Dan Shrubsole

Professor
Assistant Dean to Faculty of Social Science
dashrubs@uwo.ca

519-661-2111, x. 83126
Room 9438, SSC

Research Areas
Integrated resource management (water)

Teaching
Research Design and Presentation (Graduate)


Tony Weis

Tony Weis

Associate Professor
aweis@uwo.ca

519-661-2111, x. 87472
Room 1403, SSC

Research Areas
Global agro-food systems, industrial agriculture (especially livestock production), political ecology

Teaching
Climate Change; Animal Geographies; Globalization and Uneven Development; Biodiversity Conservation; Agriculture and Food


Lewis Williams

Tony Weis

Associate Professor
Cross Appointed with Indigenous Studies
Email: Lewis.Williams@uwo.ca  

519-661-2111, x. TBD
Room TBD, SSC

Research Areas
Indigenous and cultural studies; cultural-ecology and globalization; socio-ecological resilience; and social innovation

Teaching
Indigenous Knowledge and Traditions; Indigenous Research Methodology